Doing a pregnancy test

If you’ve missed your period, and then recently experienced sexual contact that was not protected, you could be expecting. The most reliable pregnancy tests come beginning on the first day you missed your period.

If you’re able to perform the pregnancy test

You can conduct the majority of pregnancy tests starting on the day you first experience a missed period. If you aren’t sure of the date your next period is due, you should test at least 21 days following the date your last sex that was not protected.

The most sensitive pregnancy tests can be performed even prior to the time you experience a missed period.

You can conduct the pregnancy test with a urine sample at any time during the day. It doesn’t necessarily have to be done in the morning.

Where can you get the pregnancy test?

You can purchase pregnancy test kits at pharmacies and supermarkets. They’ll give you speedy results and allow you to perform the test privately.

The following locations offer no-cost pregnancy tests:

  • Services for sexual and health
  • Services for young people are available. Call the National Sexual Health Helpline on 0300 123 7123 for more details
  • Brook centers for young people under 25 years old are located in Brook centers for children under 25. 

You might also be able to have the pregnancy test at no cost by contacting your GP.

What is a pregnancy test? How does it perform?

All pregnancy tests are able to detect the hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) which begins production around six days after fertilization.

The majority of pregnancy tests come in a package that includes one or two long sticks. You take a pee mark on the stick and the results appear on the stick within some time. Each test is slightly different, so make sure to make sure you read the instructions.

Does a pregnancy test work when I’m taking the pill?


Certain methods of contraception like those that use contraceptive pills are laced with hormones however, they will not prevent a pregnancy test from working.

Contraception methods aren’t 100% effective, therefore it is important to conduct the test for pregnancy if suspect you are pregnant.

Results of a pregnancy test

Tests for pregnancy at home are accurate when you adhere to the guidelines properly.

The positive result of a test is probably right. A positive test result is not as trustworthy.

The results may not be valid if:

  • Don’t follow the directions in a proper manner
  • Don’t take the test too early

Certain medicines may also alter the effects.

If you’re given no result, but you believe that you’re pregnant for a few days before trying again. Talk to your GP in the event that you receive an unfavorable result following an additional test but your period hasn’t yet arrived.

Continued with the pregnancy

If you’re expecting and wish to keep the pregnancy, you should contact your GP or a midwife for your prenatal care. It is possible to use your pregnant due dates calculator to determine when you’re due to have your child.

If you’re unsure if you’re ready to become pregnant, you can always ask your doctor.

If you’re unsure whether you want to continue the pregnancy, discuss the matter privately with a medical specialist. The options are:

  • continuing to carry the baby and also keeping the baby
  • experiencing an abortion
  • continued with the pregnancy and then had the baby adopted

In addition to a GP or nurse at the GP office, You can also obtain exact, private information starting at 13 – from these sources:

  • Services for sexual and health
  • The Choices website of MSI’s Choices website. Choices website
  • The British Pregnancy Advisory service website
  • The national Unplanned pregnancy Advisory website. website

All of these services, including the community-based contraceptive clinics are completely confidential. If you’re older than 13 The staff will not tell your parents about the clinic. They’ll advise you to speak to your parents, however, they won’t pressure you to do it.

If you’re younger than 25 and are seeking advice that is specifically for youth The sexual health charity Brook provides a variety of services specifically for teenagers. The Brook website has information on the options for pregnancy.

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